Minister must deliver on Ennis Hospital

April 11th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Health Minister must deliver on Ennis General Redevelopment Project – Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD Pat Breen today (Friday) the findings of a HSE report on Clostridium difficile in Ennis General Hospital showed that the hospital had been subject to years of Government neglect. Deputy Breen has called on the Minister for Health to deliver the funding for an essential re-development project at the hospital.

“Minister Mary Harney described the findings of a review into increased presence of Clostridium difficile at Ennis General as ‘serious’. This is something of an understatement. The hospital is seriously overcrowded and has no isolation facilities.

“Approval has been issued by the HSE to progress the redevelopment project at the hospital with a budget of €38.75 million. However, no funding has been made available for this project in the 2008 Capital Plan as the Mid-West Acute Service Review is still underway. A draft copy of this review is sitting on the Minister’s desk and it’s high time she turned her attention to it.

“I am urging the Minister to ensure that the re-development project is delivered. I am also calling on her to meet with the four Clare Dáil representatives to discuss the findings of the report and the infrastructural needs of Ennis General.”